Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World" (1893) by Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904). George Szell (1897 - 1970) conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937. Transferred and restored from the original Victor 78 set DM 469. (Note that when this recording was made, this symphony was identified as No. 5.) Transfer by Bob Varney. Note: This item was re-recorded in August 2018 to achieve better sound quality.
I am sorry to say that this transfer does not do justice to the original records. Digital noise reduction has been used here. The loud passages sound OK, but the soft passages (such as the very beginning of the first movement) feature watery-sounding artifacts typical of noise reduction used too aggressively. Mr. Varney has attempted to completely remove the record surface noise, and this unsatisfactory sound is the result. It is better to leave some of the noise in, so that we can hear all of the music, without such artifacts.
UPDATE (3/15/19): There may have been some improvement with the redub, but the noise reduction is still excessive. Soft passages sound muffled and occasionally a bit "watery", loud passages sound bright and some groove scratch peaks through. So this is not a top quality pro NR job. That said, for those wishing to hear this historical recording for artistic reasons, it will do. Thanks to Mr. Varney for dubbing this.